Taiwan Outlaws Consumption of Dogs and Cats

According to island's official Central News Agency, Taiwan has  outlawed the consumption of dog and cat meat with the passing a landmark  amendment to its animal protection laws. Anyone who eats or trades dog /  cat meat can now be fined between $1,640 and $8,200.

"Previously, the Animal Protection Act only covered the slaughter and sale of dog and cat meat," says Jill Robinson,  founder and CEO of Animals Asia Foundation. "But this amendment  specifically prohibiting the actual consumption of dog meat today is  welcome."The amendment also bans "walking" the pet on a leash  pulled by cars and motorcycles and raises the penalty for cruelty to  animals. The country has doubled the maximum prison term for animal  cruelty to two years, and raised the fine up to $65,500 for any act that  deliberately harms animals and results in mangled limbs, organ failure  or death.

Source: CNN